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This accessible and introductory guide to critical thinking will help students think like a scientist, learn to question everything, and understand how our brains can trip us up. This fresh and witty approach to science, skepticism, and critical thinking challenges everyone to embrace the skeptical life, and improve their critical thinking skills.
Think shows students how to better navigate through the maze of biases and traps that are standard features of every human brain. These innate pitfalls threaten to trick us into seeing, hearing, thinking, remembering, and believing things that are not real or true. Guy Harrison's straightforward text will help them trim away the nonsense, deflect bad ideas, and keep both feet firmly planted in reality.
With an upbeat and friendly tone, Harrison shows how it’s in everyone’s best interest to question everything. He brands skepticism as a constructive and optimistic attitude--a way of life that anyone can embrace. This accessible guide to critical thinking is an antidote to nonsense and delusion.
“Harrison’s upbeat style nicely conveys some of the latest scientific research on how the mind functions… [His] inviting style serves the interests of skeptics and scientists who face the onslaught of nonsense, delusion, ignorance, stupidity, and bias that dominates today’s muddled culture… Highly recommended.” –Library Journal
“A clear and passionate book on skepticism, clear thinking, and a wide range of juicy paranormal claims. A great and fun read for everyone. Harrison succeeds at motivating, inspiring, and indeed haunting the reader.... Required reading for anyone who doesn’t want to waste time, health, money, and dignity on things that probably are not real or true.”–Jonathan C. Smith, PhD, professor of psychology, Chicago’s Roosevelt University; author of Pseudoscience and Extraordinary Claims of the Paranormal
“Think will provide you with the tools to protect yourself against being ripped off...by common beliefs that don’t stand up to scientific testing. Then, as an added bonus, it will clear the fog so you can better appreciate the awesomeness of reality. Highly recommended.”–Lynne Kelly, author of The Skeptic’s Guide to the Paranormal